Scoot To Iceland Via Berlin, Scoot’s New Gateway To Northern Europe
Scoot‘s new flights between Singapore and Berlin give travellers from the Asia-Pacific region a new and very useful gateway into Northern Europe. One of the most popular destinations in the world right now is Iceland, a country without nonstop flights from Asia but an easy flight from Berlin. Iceland’s exotic landscapes, safe environment, and friendly locals have seen the country’s tourist arrivals skyrocket in recent years.
There is an excellent infrastructure to meet every traveller’s needs. Accommodation ranges from basic hostels to five-star hotels, transport companies offer daytours around Reykjavík as well as excursions from the capital into the countryside to see some of Iceland’s spectacular natural attractions. The freshest of ingredients are used in restaurants, where chefs create interesting meals with the abundant fish from sea and surprising diversity of produce from Iceland’s greenhouses, heated with the same geothermal energy that rises to the surface in dramatic fashion in several locations around the country. Some of the most enjoyable meals in Iceland can be found at Matur Og Drykkur, which means Food And Drinks in Icelandic―an apt name for this most hospitable of restaurants where patrons can enjoy Icelandic cuisine at its best. Located conveniently in the Saga Museum, one of the many museums found in Reykjavík, Matur Og Drykkur has a menu certain to please the most demanding of palates looking to try something different. The Saga Museum is located in the revitalised Grandi district on a wharf that is now a hub of social activity. It is here that the Omnom Chocolate Company‘s factory tours can be taken. Yes, the chocolate craze has reached Iceland, too, and Omnom makes good use of this favourite food in its various creations.
Nearby is Harpa, the architecturally striking performing arts centre that is the pride of Iceland. In the vicinity of Harpa is the Museum Of Photography, the Reykjavík Art Museum, and the i8 Gallery. In the eastern part of the city centre is another clutch of attractions worth a visit, including the Punk Museum, the National Gallery Of Iceland, the surprisingly impressive sculptures of the Einar Jónsson Museum, and the famous Phallological Museum where a scientific collection of penises from every species of mammal in Iceland is on display. A great base for exploring Rekjavík is Radisson Blue Saga Hotel, centrally located between these two areas. The Visit Reyjavík City Card, available from the Visit Reykjavík tourism office, includes entry to major museums, entry into the many thermal pools found around the city, and unlimited use of public transport.
One of the most popular areas to visit in Iceland is the Reykjanes Peninsula, west of Reykjavík. Aside from the internationally famous Blue Lagoon, there is a number of natural sights worth seeing that give a deeper understanding of the geological uniqueness of Iceland. Foremost among them are the Brimketill lava pool, the Gunnuhver geothermal area, and the Bridge Between Continents, a footbridge that connects the tectonic plates of North America and Europe. The bridge crosses the cleft between the two plates, which continue to move further apart with each passing year. Closer to Keflavík International Airport is Viking World, an interesting museum that gives a look into the lives of the Vikings before Iceland became the thoroughly modern country it is today. The landmark building houses a full-scale replica of a Viking ship used to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Also near the airport is the Museum Of Rock And Roll Of Iceland, which showcases the talents of Icelandic musicians, including world-famous artists as Björk and Sigur Rós.
There are many daytours to take from Reykjavík, and the company Reykjavík Excursions makes it very easy to enjoy them. The list of options includes trips to southern Iceland, the Reykjanes Peninsula, and The Golden Circle, the classic daytrip taking in Gullfoss waterfalls, Fontana Wellness hot springs, and Geysír, which is the original of the word geyser in English. Reykjavík Excursions also provides convenient transfers between the city and the airport.
Many guests like to stay on the peninsula on the night before early morning flights. Northern Light Inn provides a warm welcome just 20 minutes from the airport. Located on a lava field, Northern Lights Inn’s Nordic hospitality makes a fine farewell to Iceland before flying back to Berlin to catch the Scoot flight to Singapore, or perhaps linger a few days to enjoy Germany’s exciting capital.